February was the Month of (Kevin) Love
The Minnesota Timberwolves passed out this awesome infographic Monday morning on how ridiculous of a month Kevin Love had for this team. Considering much of that was down two starters, Love saw much more attention from the defense and still managed to pour in some historic numbers while keeping the Wolves as competitive as he could.
He’ll be up for Western Conference Player of the Month honors, which will be announced Wednesday night. If he wins, he’ll be the second player in franchise history to win the award. Kevin Garnett won nine times when he was with the Wolves.
Love’s biggest competition for February’s honors is definitely Kevin Durant. It should be a two-player race between Love and Durant, although Blake Griffin had a really incredible month as well. Love led the NBA in scoring at 34.0 points with Durant right behind him at 33.4 per game. Love nearly doubled Durant’s rebounding with a 14.1 to 7.7 advantage but Durant nearly doubled Love’s assist average with a 7.2 to 4.0 advantage. Love had shooting splits of 48.7/41.5/84.8 on FG/3FG/FT. Durant’s splits were 49.4/32.9/85.1. Love’s Wolves went just 5-6 with Durant’s Thunder going 6-5.
Wolves are still within shouting distance of a playoff run thanks to Love’s incredible play in February. Whether he makes it or not and whether he wins the award or not, it’s been pretty special to watch him play the past month.